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February 3, 2019, 6:00 PM

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Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
As machine learning algorithms get as good as humans at text, image, and speech recognition, Google's CAPTCHA are getting too hard for humans to solve  —  At some point last year, Google's constant requests to prove I'm human began to feel increasingly aggressive.
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
A look at AI-powered audio mastering services like Landr, which promise artists access to professional-sounding mastering without the cost of human engineers  —  The last step in audio production is being taken over by machines  —  Making music is one of the most human things we do …
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
Google bans 29 apps downloaded 4.3M+ times from the Play Store after researchers discovered they were being used to perform malicious acts like serve scam ads  —  The 29 apps concealed their malice and were hard for many infected users to uninstall.  —  Google has banned dozens …
Kiran Stacey / Financial Times:
Cisco joins Apple in praising Europe's GDPR and calling for similar regulations in the US  —  Cisco has joined Apple in calling for a US version of the European General Data Protection regulation, underlining the divisions among big technology companies over how to tackle privacy concerns.
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Source: Spotify is in advanced talks to buy popular podcast producer Gimlet for $200M+; Gimlet would be Spotify's first purchase of an original content maker  —  Spotify wants to break out of the music streaming business.  Gimlet, the company behind shows like Crimetown and Reply All, can help.
Reuters:
Source: Vision Fund is in talks to invest up to $1.5B in Chinese used car trading platform guazi.com in a deal that would value the company at $8.5B pre-money  —  HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - The SoftBank-led Vision Fund is in talks to invest up to $1.5 billion in Chinese used car trading platform Guazi.com …

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